SLO jury denies release of reality star turned sex offender
April 29, 2014
A San Luis Obispo jury decided Monday afternoon to keep a former reality television star in a state hospital lockup. [KSBY]
James Hydrick, 55, was once displaying self-proclaimed supernatural powers on the reality television show circuit. But, since 1989, Hydrick has been a convicted child molester and a prisoner of the state of California.
In 2006, Hydrick completed a prison sentence for sexually molesting five boys in Orange County. Since then, officials have kept him locked up in state mental hospitals, including Atascadero State Hospital.
This year, Hydrick petitioned for release from Coalinga State Hospital, but the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office argued in a three-week trial that he was not fit for the streets.
Prosecutors said Hydrick has refused sex offender treatment. During the trial, they called grown men, who were molested by Hydrick as children, to testify.
Following Monday’s verdict, Hydrick will return to Coalinga State Hospital. He may petition for release each year.